High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystals

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) The inner workings of high-power electronic devices must remain cool to operate reliably. High internal temperatures can make programs run slower, freeze or shut down. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas, Dallas have collaborated to optimize the crystal-growing process of boron arsenide — a material that has excellent thermal properties and can effectively dissipate the heat generated in electronic devices.